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propagating perennials: Phlox subulata
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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Phlox subulata

Phlox Subulata or moss pink or creeping phlox is the perennial to propagate and is used in rock gardens, as edging along pathways, and on slopes. Color varies from red, white, pink, blue, lavender, or purple. Standard propagating procedure is by division, however because it can spread out up to two feet, the procedure I suggest is layering and again not all the branches are self-rooting and one needs a microscope to find the starter roots. It is best to dig up a clump and systematically break apart the clump gently and use 5-6 branches clumped together to pot and cut back the top growth to approximately 3" to help promote root growth and branching out when the plant takes hold. Make certain all plants that you are attempting to root have ample water and you will have a blast of spring color in your landscape garden bed once the roots are formed and transplanted.

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